Episode #226: Software Journey

David Allen, Eric Mack, and John Forrister discuss their software journey, from early years to their current use of the Microsoft 365 suite of tools. A consistent theme is that it’s not about the tool, but about bringing a productive mindset and habits to any tool. They discuss how the tools shape our behavior, and may or may not promote good GTD habits. The story starts in the mid-1990s with Lotus Notes. They talk about why Notes, and also why Microsoft 365 now. There are interesting tangents into groupware, CRMs, and instant messaging.

Be sure to listen after David hops off, as Eric and John continue discussing for another few minutes, and invite your input on future topics.

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1 Comment

  1. Thanks for sharing your Software Journey.

    I have been working in a Microsoft environment for many years and am using Outlook tasks as list manager, contexts mapped to categories. A major frustration was that I couldn’t find a solution to sync with my phone. I had great hopes in Microsoft To Do, however, categories don’t sync.

    Reminded by your podcast I recently bought the ‘GTD Microsoft 365 Setup Guide’ and discovered on how to use lists as sub-folders, instead of using categories. All is working well now.

    Best, Andreas

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